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Five weddings and a denial

Five weddings and a denial

Author: Ethel Ramos
Column: Studio Whispers

LAST January, three beautiful weddings took place, starring, to use showbiz lingo, singer and recording star Roselle Nava, Ciara Sotto, herself a singer and actress, and Rica Peralejo, TV host and actress.

Roselle, on January 17, married her boyfriend of nine years, Allen Tan.

The wedding took place at the Manila Cathedral. Roselle was garbed in a Cecilio Abad gown. Bituin Escalante, a fellow singer of Roselle, rendered the song, "I Knew I Loved You."

Three of Roselle's fellow "Ang TV" kids, Lindsay Custodio (herself now married), Jolina Magdangal, and Rica Peralejo, attended the wedding.

"It was tuloy like a reunion for the four of them," said a kibitzer. "The presence of the three added to the happiness Roselle felt on that day."

They later had their reception at the Palacio de Maynila on Roxas Blvd.

The couple enplaned the following day for a honeymoon in Hong Kong and Macau.


Also on January 17, but in the afternoon, Ciara wed her constant date in the past four years, Joe Oconer, at a vintage-type wedding held at the open field of the Manila Polo Club.

It was a Christian wedding solemnized by Pastor Bernard Marquez.

Ciara looked elegant in a wedding gown created for her by good friend Mitch Dulce.

Mitch, a former housemate of Kuya in one of the celebrity editions of "Pinoy Big Brother," just won recently the award for International Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year held in London.

Mitch won over young creative entrepreneurs from Bangladesh, India, Libya, Lithuania, Russia, Sri Lanka, Syria and Turkey.

For her wedding entourage, Ciara had her Tita Sharon Cuneta for matron of honor.

Ciara's parents are senatorial aspirant Tito Sotto and former actress-singer Helen Gamboa.


Rica, as we all know, married her boyfriend of a few years, Pastor Joseph Bonifacio, at a Christian wedding at the Kawayan Cove in Batangas.

Joseph's fellow pastor at the Victory Christian Fellowship, Steve Murrel, officiated at the wedding.

Wearing a Rajo Laurel creation, Rica, like Joseph and their guests, were barefoot all throughout the ceremony and reception.

Most of Rica's guests were her co-hosts in her morning program on ABS-CBN, "Umagang Kay Ganda," like Pinky Webb and Kim Atienza, who acted as the cord sponsors.

When they kissed after the wedding, it was Joseph and Rica's first kiss, they told their guests.


Two celebrity weddings took place in February.

On February 26, former teenage actress Camille Prats wed the father of her son, Anthony Linsangan, at the Santuario de San Antonio in Forbes Park.

Reception followed at the Rizal Ballroom of the Makati Shangri-la.

Camille and Anthony were wed in the US nearly three years ago.

Ryan Eigenmann married his non-showbiz girlfriend of several years at the Coconut Palace at the CCP Complex.

The bride's name is Cathy Bordalba.

Ryan, the eldest of the three sons of estranged couple Michael de Mesa and Gina Alajar, is the first to marry. His brothers are Geoff and TJ.

Michael now resides in the US like his youngest son, AJ.

Father and son came home purposely for Ryan's wedding.

Ryan's grandparents, former actor and singer Eddie Mesa and former actress Rosemarie Gil, now residents of the US, were also present at the wedding.


Meanwhile, Oyo Sotto and Kristine Hermosa denied the report that they got hitched in the US.

If ever they decide to wed, according to Kristine, this might happen three years from now.

Kristine was once married to actor Diether Ocampo.

Their marriage was annulled, though, due to a technicality.

Oyo and Kristine will be featured in an episode of "Precious Hearts Romances Presents."

Source: Malaya